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January 25, 1964

Strategies of Psychotherapy

JAMA. 1964;187(4):308. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060170062027

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As the number of books concerning psychiatry increasingly flood the literature, it is indeed refreshing to find a volume such as this that deals with the actual treatment of the patient rather than expounds a new theory of emotional illness. The author, a communications analyst, explores the interaction between therapist and patient in the various schools of psychiatry, in an attempt to discover a common denominator which brings about change in the patient's behavior. He arrives at a thesis that will, no doubt, produce reactions from adherents of all schools of psychiatric thought. Haley feels that "the psychotherapist (1) sets up a benevolent framework defined as one where change is to take place, (2) permits or encourages the patient to continue with unchanged behavior, and (3) provides an ordeal which will continue as long as the patient continues with unchanged behavior." For those who are willing to question their own